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From PopMatters editor Evan Sawdey, The Chartographers brings together incredible, too-fun voices in cultural criticism to provide the definitive(ish) ranking of an entire artist's discography. New episodes every Tuesday!

From PopMatters editor Evan Sawdey, The Chartographers brings together incredible, too-fun voices in cultural criticism to provide the definitive(ish) ranking of an entire artist's discography. New episodes every Tuesday!
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From PopMatters editor Evan Sawdey, The Chartographers brings together incredible, too-fun voices in cultural criticism to provide the definitive(ish) ranking of an entire artist's discography. New episodes every Tuesday!

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English


Episodes

The First Annual Chartie Awards!

11/14/2017
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Yes, it's that (very first-ever) time of year! After their biggest season to date, Evan, Taran, and special guest John Gleason Teske host the First Annual Chartie Awards, looking back over two seasons worth of material and handing out awards like Best Mispronunciation, Worst Evan Intro, Most Memorable Artist Impression, and so much more! Plus, dig our countdown of Season 2's five greatest comedic moments, a sneak preview at Season 3, and so much more. It's an awards show like no other,...

Duration: 01:44:22


#30.5 Happy Hour Minisode: David Bowie ('67-'80)

10/2/2017
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Oh! You pretty things. Time comes and goes, and here we are: at the very least episode of our second season. After what may very well go down as the most contentious #1 ranking of all time, Evan, Taran, and special guests Bobby "Major Bob" Evers and Jon "Kooky" Harvey go to town on tracking Bowie's many ch-ch-ch-changes, tackling his worst song, his best collaborators, his craziest music videos, and a fun surprise for our guests at the end. Thank you for making Season 2 a stellar, runaway...

Duration: 00:35:07


#30 The Chartographers: David Bowie ('67-'80), Pt. 2

9/25/2017
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Ashes to ashes, funk to funky, Chartographers are music junkies. That's right, we wrap up our final ranking episode of Season 2 by having special gusts Jon Harvey and CHIRP's Bobby Evers swing by to tackle what turns out to be arguably the most contentious ranking for #1 of all time. Things still end up hunky dory for the guys, and oh, the pretty things they hit along the way. Listen, share, and enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad Touch" by The Marches, off of their debut...

Duration: 00:56:02


#30 The Chartographers: David Bowie ('67-'80), Pt. 1

9/18/2017
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Wham, bam, thank you ma'am! For the final artist of our second season, The Chartographers went all-out, not only tackling one of the most elusive discographies of all time (David Bowie), but also bringing back not one but two fan-favorite guests to help settle the score: most frequent guest Jon Harvey and CHIRP's Bobby Evers. The journey starts here, with the guys debating what is the Thin White Duke's worst album and then moving up from there ... /// Our theme song for this episode is...

Duration: 01:04:40


#29.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Broken Social Scene

9/11/2017
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No need to feel like you're in a guilty cubicle -- this Happy Hour Minisode may as well be our major label debut, as Evan, Taran, and special guest Carlo Lopez talk about all things Broken Social Scene, from their worst song to numerous side-projects/other band commitments to Kevin Drew's endless gay-but-not-gay-but-totally-gay lyrics. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "World Girl Reprise" by Kyle Hollingsworth, off of his 2014 album SPEED OF LIFE, available on SCI Fidelity...

Duration: 00:26:35


#29 The Chartographers: Broken Social Scene

9/4/2017
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It's all ... gonna break! And by that, we mean it's all going to come together in some sort of K.C. Accidental fashion. Yes, Evan, Taran, and special guest Carlo Lopez go up and down this shoreline to determine what is the single greatest Broken Social Scene song. Yes, the guys go for the sweetest kill while avoiding your run-of-the-mill shampoo suicide, so grab your Feist tour t-shirt and strap in: before you know it, you'll already be halfway home. /// Our theme song for this episode is...

Duration: 00:59:27


#28.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Arcade Fire

8/22/2017
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Is our time with Arcade Fire over? Li-iees! Li-iees! Before the power goes out, Evan, Taran, and special guest Ryan Donahue dive straight in to Arcade Fire's worst song, live experience, label drama, and so much more. So controversial, it may just start a suburban war (I'm told), but probably will just give you some creature comfort. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "World Girl Reprise" by Kyle Hollingsworth, off of his 2014 album SPEED OF LIFE, available on SCI Fidelity here...

Duration: 00:35:00


#28 The Chartographers: Arcade Fire

8/21/2017
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OK guys, we're ready to start ... In what can only be described as a sprawling new episode, Evan, Taran, and special guest Ryan Donahue stage an Arcade Fire intervention, asking if everything really should be now and whether headlights in fact look like diamonds. What's their best album? Do they really live up to their own hype? Or is it just a reflektor? Whatever it maybe, ideal listening for this episode is in the backseat ... /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad Touch" by The...

Duration: 01:05:11


#27.5 Happy Hour Minisode: No Doubt

8/14/2017
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Don't let it go away ... this feeling has got to stay -- and thankfully it does! We know you couldn't give up on us yabbin' about No Doubt too quickly, which is why Evan, Taran, and special guest and Chirp DJ Briavael O'Reilly talk about nothing but the good stuff: the band's worst song, Gwen Stefani's very odd solo career, and so much more. After this, yeah, you'll be feelin' hella good ... /// Our theme song for this episode is "World Girl Reprise" by Kyle Hollingsworth, off of his 2014...

Duration: 00:31:41


#27 The Chartographers: No Doubt

8/6/2017
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Don't speak, we know just what you're thinking: that you want to listen to a new episode of The Chartographers! This week, Evan, Taran, and special guest (and CHIRP DJ) Briavale O'Reilly go underneath it all for ranking the discography of No Doubt. There's a lot of push and shove going on here, but it's a lively, fun debate that feels fresh, lively, and ... new. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad Touch" by The Marches, off of their debut album 4AM IS THE NEW MIDNIGHT,...

Duration: 00:55:05


#26 The Chartographers: Kendrick Lamar

7/24/2017
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It's a wooooooooooorld premiere! Kung Fu Kenny is out there making everything alright, but now, it's up to Evan, Taran, and special guest Shannon "iRedman" White to cut through that whoop-de-whoope/blah-ze-blah and determing what truly is the greatest album from Kendrick Lamar, one of the most vital artists working today. You used to be conflicted, misusing your influence, but not in our case, as all our lives we just wanted money and power ... /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad...

Duration: 01:12:04


#25.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Gorillaz

7/18/2017
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Were you waiting for this Happy Hour Minisode about the world's current favorite animated band? Well tomorrow comes today, and Evan, Taran, and special guest John Gleason Teske round out their discussion of all things Gorillaz by discussing their worst song, ranting about "Hillbilly Man", exploring their live iterations and so much more. It's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up ... it's The Chartographers! /// Our theme song for this...

Duration: 00:30:40


#25 The Chartographers: Gorillaz

7/4/2017
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We can guarantee, with certainty that this podcast will leave you feeling happy, feeling glad, it's like sunshine, in a bag. Indeed, The Chartographers return by bringing along acclaimed Chicago actor/director John Gleason Teske to rank the discography of The Gorillaz, Damon Albarn's inexplicable hip-hop-flavored cartoon side-project outside of his beloved Blur. So hop in your windmill and get the cool shoeshine: it's the moments like this that you'll truly remember. /// Our theme song for...

Duration: 01:12:54


#24.5 Happy Hour Minisode: The Flaming Lips

6/26/2017
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Finally the podcasters are taking acid! OK, they're really not, but after tackling the monumental task of ranking the Flaming Lips' entire discography from worst to best, it's time for Evan, Taran, and most frequent guest Jon Harvey to stop recording their 24-hour podcast to cut it down to just the freshest stuff: debating the worst Flaming Lips song, praizing the Drozd in all that he does, detailing FEARLESS FREAKS in depth, and so much more. Enjoy! /// Our theme song for this episode is...

Duration: 00:36:27


#24 The Chartographers: The Flaming Lips, Pt. 2

6/19/2017
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Did our last episode leave you reeling with the the terror of it all, or did you take a lot of vitamins to defeat the evil machines? Either way, Evan, Taran, and special guest Jon Harvey band together to rank what is the best all-time Flaming Lips album. A lot of heavy lifting is involved (a spoonful weighs a ton, after all), but you'll be buggin' when your hear the top ranking, and then all your bad days will end. /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad Touch" by The Marches, off of...

Duration: 01:00:56


#24 The Chartographers: The Flaming Lips, Pt. 1

6/12/2017
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GUMMY EVERYTHING! I mean, hi! The Oklahoma weirdos known as the Flaming Lips have been going strong for nearly 35 years, and it's therefore up to Evan, Taran, and most frequent guest Jon Harvey to dive into all that is weird, wild, and Wayne in Part 1 of an epic ranking podcast that simply cannot be missed. Grab some jelly: it's gonna be a loud one! /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad Touch" by The Marches, off of their debut album 4AM IS THE NEW MIDNIGHT, available on...

Duration: 01:10:51


#23.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Lady Gaga

6/5/2017
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Did someone call the paparazzi on us? 'cos after crossing 5000 plays, the Chartographers have decided to celebrate by putting out one dynamite little Happy Hour Minisode dedicated to Gaga herself. Evan, Taran, and special guest Michael Kaluzny talk about Gaga's worst song, her best fashion choices, her WTF Artpop introduction to the world (floaties!) and her many accolade-driven extracurriculars. You may want to give this episode a nice round of applause. /// Our theme song for this...

Duration: 00:39:13


#23 The Chartographers: Lady Gaga

5/29/2017
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GA GA OOH-LA-LA. Yes, it's time for Mother Monster's meat-ready freakness to be known to the world, which is why Evan, Taran, and special guest Michael Kaluzny have banded together to rank Lady Gaga's albums from worst to the edge of glory. So put down that telephone and put your pink cowboy hat on: we're gonna make a bad romance. /// Our theme song for this episode is "Bad Touch" by The Marches, off of their debut album 4AM IS THE NEW MIDNIGHT, available on Satellite/Star Records here [...

Duration: 01:02:45


#22.5 Happy Hour Minisode: Iron & Wine

5/22/2017
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The lion & the lamb are listenin' to a podcast -- or at least that's what we hear. Yes, Evan, Taran, and special guest Kerida O'Reilly just finished ranking the works of Iron & Wine, so get into the weeds of Sam Beam's worst song, his wildly varying abilities as a live performer, and so much more. Grab a friend, kiss each other clean, and enjoy the ride! /// Our theme song for this episode is "World Girl Reprise" by Kyle Hollingsworth, off of his 2014 album SPEED OF LIFE, available on SCI...

Duration: 00:29:56


ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CHECK-IN

5/16/2017
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Um ... it's been one year? How the heck did that happen? We've seriously been posting for an entire year? The day we post this is literally a year since we started with our Beyonce episode? That's crazy. So crazy that Evan, Taran, and most-frequent guest Jon Harvey talk about their favorite eps, share a few wackadoo stories, and Jon Harvey provides fatherly advice any potential future guests. Thank you all for making this happen! /// Our theme song for this episode is "World Girl Reprise"...

Duration: 00:14:10

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